New International Version
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
King James Bible
But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
Darby Bible Translation
But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt had said to them, but saved the male children alive.
World English Bible
But the midwives feared God, and didn't do what the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the baby boys alive.
Young's Literal Translation
And the midwives fear God, and have not done as the king of Egypt hath spoken unto them, and keep the lads alive;
Exodus 1:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The midwives feared God - Because they knew that God had forbidden murder of every kind; for though the law was not yet given, Exodus 20:13, being Hebrews they must have known that God had from the beginning declared, Whosoever sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed, Genesis 9:6. Therefore they saved the male children of all to whose assistance they were called. See Clarke's note on Exodus 1:19.
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'Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt: every man and his household came with Jacob. 2. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, 3. Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, 4. Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5. And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already. 6. And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7, And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed …
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But, as for that which is Written, that God did Good to the Hebrew...
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than human beings!
Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
1 Samuel 22:17
Then the king ordered the guards at his side: "Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me." But the king's officials were unwilling to raise a hand to strike the priests of the LORD.
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
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